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The SRA’s review of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations could have significant implications for employers, says Tony King

On 11 November the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced a consultation on the future of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Regulations (QLTR), the first major review of the regulations since their inception almost 20 years ago. The QLTR allow lawyers qualified in specified common law and European Union (EU) jurisdictions to qualify as English solicitors without following the full domestic qualification route. This has become an increasingly important route into the profession, with 20% of all new solicitors each year currently following this route.

It is in the interests of potential entrants and the employers/partners of those entrants that the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test route should be fit for purpose in the current environment.

No doubt there will be differing views on the proposals. I have flagged up what I see as the key elements in the consultation and given some thoughts on them which are designed to help others formulate their own responses.

The overarching intention of the consultation is to introduce a revised transfer scheme which:

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